December 02, 2016
The second most-produced organic chemical in the world, propene is a key component of plastics found in consumer goods such as electronics, clothing and food packaging. For years, oil refineries have produced an abundance of the compound through the “steam cracking” process that converts oil-derived naptha into useful components. In the last decade, however, many U.S.
November 30, 2016
When we think of what energy research looks like, we might imagine scientists debating measurements on the physical nature of energy systems, or engineers in a lab designing a new kind of solar panel. Though it might not seem as obvious, social and political forces are central to our energy research as well.
November 29, 2016
Poplars and other trees can be bred to break down more easily to make biofuel and other products such as paper, according to scientists at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center.
November 28, 2016
For James Steele, moving from the small fermenters where microbes make cheese, wine and beer to the multimillion-gallon tanks where corn is converted to ethanol was a natural progression.
November 21, 2016
This year’s Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge (WESC) proved that University of Wisconsin–Madison students promise to be at the forefront of sustainable innovations for years to come.
November 17, 2016
Sporting a broad smile and stepping lively, Bruce Beihoff seems far from his demise – and yet he’s already planning his epitaph. “Once I’m in the ground,” says Beihoff, “just make sure the rock reads ‘He fought the good fight!’”
November 15, 2016
Last month researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and the University of Wisconsin announced a breakthrough that allows S. cerevisiae to metabolize xylose, a five-carbon sugar that it cannot normally ferment.
November 07, 2016
It's been a no good, very bad month for Samsung: The Korean electronics company has been forced to discontinue its hotly anticipated line of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after widespread battery failures caused the devices to catch fire.
November 03, 2016
University of Wisconsin–Madison chemical engineers have developed a new way to create inexpensive chemical sensors for detecting explosives, industrial pollutants or even the chemical markers of disease in a patient’s breath.
November 03, 2016
The next time you’re running through an airport to catch your plane or busting a move on the dance floor, you could also be generating clean, green energy. At least, that’s the hope of Xudong Wang and his team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
October 31, 2016
In the childhood home of Emily Blase, when the toaster refused to toast or the blender refused to blend, a shiny new replacement did not suddenly appear on the kitchen counter. Instead, Emily’s dad would round up her and her brother, grab a toolbox, and everyone got to work.